In Their Own Words: Voices of HungerHow does it feel to be hungry?
Meet some of the 1 in 3 Marylanders who know exactly how it feels to face hunger and read their incredible stories of resilience.
Meet Kimberly Evans
Hi, my name is Kimberly Evans. After being abandoned and shipped off to North Carolina on a Greyhound bus by my mother at age 14, I learned resiliency really quick. When you’re that young, you can’t apply for food stamps or other things, and the “system” kind of feels like the enemy. So I had to figure out how to eat, how to live, and how to get things done. I remember stealing candy bars from stores, and that was all I had to eat some days.
Unfortunately, I continued down that path, and was locked up at age 17. When I got out a year later, I chose to move back to Maryland. I lived on Lake Brook Circle, in the projects not too far from the Maryland Food Bank. I didn’t really have a good support system, but things needed to change.
I was 19, old enough to apply for help. I did, and the support was life-changing.
I found people that did not make me feel like I was a problem and started to realize that “the system” is what you make it to be. Then, I knew that I wanted to help others feel that way, and started helping my neighbors apply for benefits.
And now, being a part of the Speakers Bureau, I have a new kind of support system-one that has helped focus my passions allowing me to be a more effective advocate for people like me who need help.
I am becoming the person that I once needed and can’t thank you enough for the opportunity!
Meet Advocate Marlo Hargrove
“I am those that I serve… I’ve been in prison. I’ve been homeless. My heart is overwhelmed with joy because I know honestly how it feels to be on that outside looking in and now I’m in the inside looking out. Now I feel compelled to go out and help others to overcome their struggles.”
More MFB Voices
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Meet Susan Getka, an older adult who has lost most of her SNAP benefits, but not hope! Find out how she is not only advocating for herself, buit others through the MFB Speakers Bureau.
Alma T. is one of many Marylanders struggling to cope with inflation, and has been forced into choosing between food and paying for medical visits. Learn how a local food pantry is helping Alma, and many others in northern Baltimore.
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